\ ˈsün , especially New England ˈsu̇n\

Definition of soon

1a obsolete : at once : immediately
b : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 archaic : before the usual time
4 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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Just like the tortoise and the hare, some babies get off to a fast start crawling soon after their first half birthday — while others take it slow and steady. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019 The former could take the form of new materials, such as widespread use of aluminum, as well as the tools of war, already in existence or soon to be so closely associated with this conflict—airplanes, machine guns, tanks and submarines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 One of New York City's most recognizable buildings could soon have a new owner. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New York City's Chrysler Building Is for Sale," 10 Jan. 2019 Looks like the 2019 Kardashian Christmas card will soon have one more subject. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West and Kanye Are Expecting Their Fourth Child," 2 Jan. 2019 With its test flights next year, the Defiant will soon have a chance to prove its worth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Will the Defiant Be the Helicopter That Finally Replaces the Black Hawk?," 26 Dec. 2018 In a world where Netflix will soon have to compete with a potentially $6- to $7-a-month Disney+, a cheaper option to undercut that could be valuable. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Netflix is reportedly considering a cheaper price tier in some markets," 12 Nov. 2018 The soon-to-be musical will consist of a book written by Bekah Brunstetter (supervising producer on This Is Us) with music and lyrics by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nicholas Sparks's "The Notebook" Is Headed to Broadway," 6 Jan. 2019 Musk made the claim on Twitter yesterday, responding to a soon-to-be Tesla owner in Ireland who was worried about coverage in his home country. James Vincent, The Verge, "Elon Musk promises 100 percent Tesla Supercharger coverage in Europe next year," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way


\ ˈsün \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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